Release dateOctober 20, 1995 (1995-10-20) WriterLewis A. Green, Jordan Rush Music directorPino Donaggio, Steve Sexton ScreenplayJordan Rush, Lewis A. Green CastRebecca De Mornay (Dr. Sarah Taylor), Antonio Banderas (Tony Ramirez), Dennis Miller (Cliff Raddison), Len Cariou (Henry Taylor), Martha Burns (Maura), Harry Dean Stanton (Max Cheski) Similar moviesNew Best Friend, Mad Max: Fury Road, Interstellar, The Broken, Sliver, Blackhat
TaglineIn A World Where Love Isn't Always Safe, Trust Can Be Deadly.
Police psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca De Mornay) guards herself from emotional attachment, but uncharacteristically succumbs to the smooth advances of mysterious new lover Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas). Soon after the start of the affair, though, Sarah starts getting troubling anonymous threats. Is Ramirez behind them? Or could it be Sarahs desirous neighbor, Cliff (Dennis Miller) ? Or the serial killer, Max (Harry Dean Stanton), whose interview with Sarah left her so unsettled?
Never Talk to Strangers is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Peter Hall and starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca De Mornay.
Sarah Taylor, a police psychologist, meets a mysterious and seductive young man, Tony Ramirez, and falls in love with him. As a cause of this relationship, she changes her personality when she begins to receive anonymous telephone calls.
Psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca De Mornay) is a guarded, aloof criminal psychologist who interviews a client who is a rapist, and is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. It is later revealed that she was the subject of daily rapes as a child by her estranged father, who is now shown to be very ill. Sarah meets Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a shopping mall, and she gives him her number. She begins a relationship with Tony, despite the creepy advances of her neighbor, Cliff (Dennis Miller), with whom she once had a one-night stand.
Days into this new relationship, Sarah begins to get death threats and strange gifts, such as dead flowers. As she gets more romantic with Tony, the gifts get more extreme. Her lifelong cat is dismembered, at which point Sarah goes to the police. Sarah then hires a detective and has Tony followed, and breaks into his apartment only to discover that he has a file on her, including information about her mothers death in a car accident, twenty years before. Tony is actually investigating her, trying to learn the whereabouts of a former boyfriend of hers who had disappeared suddenly.
Ultimately, it is revealed that Sarah suffers from multiple personality disorder, brought about from her abuse as a child, and from her father brainwashing her to cover up the murder of her mother. Her alternate personality is responsible for all of the strange gifts, and for murdering her ex-boyfriend. When Tony goes to her fathers house, Sarah (under the control of her alternate personality) follows him, shoots and kills him there, and then kills her father when he tries to intervene. When Sarah reverts to her normal personality, not remembering what has happened, she presumes that Tony was crazy and killed her father, and that she killed Tony in self-defense. In the end, she is seen entering into a relationship with Cliff.
Rebecca De Mornay as Dr. Sarah Taylor
Antonio Banderas as Tony Ramirez
Dennis Miller as Cliff Raddison
Len Cariou as Henry Taylor
Harry Dean Stanton as Max Cheski
Eugene Lipinski as Dudakoff
Martha Burns as Maura
Beau Starr as Grogan
Phillip Jarrett as Spatz
Tim Kelleher as Wabash
Never Talk to Strangers received negative reviews, holding only 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Antonio Banderas appears in Never Talk to Strangers and Original Sin. Antonio Banderas appears in Never Talk to Strangers and The Other Man. The Boy Next Door (2015). Clay Pigeons (1998). Rebecca De Mornay appears in Never Talk to Strangers and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
The film features "Love Sick" performed by Alfonzo Blackwell.